At This Time

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For as great as he is, Burt Bacharach has never been much of a solo recording artist. His greatness lies as a composer, not as a performer, due largely to his gravelly voice, which has a tendency to waver out of tune, but he also has a tendency to indulge in his sleepiest MOR qualities when he's left to his own devices. Even on his 1967 solo debut, Reach Out, he emphasized easy listening, spending nearly as much time on instrumentals as he did on vocal tracks. This is a template Bacharach followed over the years, returning to it repeatedly on his increasingly infrequent solo albums. As the decades passed, he paid less and less attention to his recording career, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For as great as he is, Burt Bacharach has never been much of a solo recording artist. His greatness lies as a composer, not as a performer, due largely to his gravelly voice, which has a tendency to waver out of tune, but he also has a tendency to indulge in his sleepiest MOR qualities when he's left to his own devices. Even on his 1967 solo debut, Reach Out, he emphasized easy listening, spending nearly as much time on instrumentals as he did on vocal tracks. This is a template Bacharach followed over the years, returning to it repeatedly on his increasingly infrequent solo albums. As the decades passed, he paid less and less attention to his recording career, entering a quasi-retirement after 1977's Futures. He returned 20 years later with a collaboration with Elvis Costello, Painted from Memory. This was released at the height of a Bacharach revival -- new bands were covering his songs, dropping references to his work in interviews, and Mike Myers' Austin Powers character seemed to be lifted out of a mythical swinging '60s scored entirely to Bacharach/David songs -- but despite great reviews and the fact that it was Bacharach's best album, it stiffed. Despite its poor commercial fortunes, it eased him back into being an active artist, so when he released At This Time seven years later, it didn't seem like a comeback as much as it did a belated follow-up of Painted from Memory. The album itself isn't a continuation of that splendid affair; it's a throwback to Bacharach's solo albums of the '60s and '70s. All of the press surrounding the release of At This Time emphasized Bacharach's contention that he was compelled to write these songs due to his despair at the state of the world in 2005, which gives a not inaccurate impression that this is a politically charged record. To a certain extent, that is true: "Who Are These People" is a direct assault on the Bush administration "Who are these people that keep telling us lies/And how did these people get control of our lives...And what kind of leaders can't admit when they're wrong?" and there's a mournful quality to many of the songs here, as on the opening pair of "Please Explain" and "Where Did It Go?" Bacharach is also writing direct, confessional first-person lyrics for the first time, which is disarming yet endearing. At This Time bears many of his lush orchestral pop trademarks and several of the songs feature the presence of many interesting collaborators, including rhythm loops by Dr. Dre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767789729
  • Catalog Number: 77897

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Please Explain (4:22)
  2. 2 Where Did It Go? (4:21)
  3. 3 In Our Time (4:09)
  4. 4 Who Are These People? (4:17)
  5. 5 Is Love Enough? (6:08)
  6. 6 Can't Give It Up (4:39)
  7. 7 Go Ask Shakespeare (5:45)
  8. 8 Dreams (4:13)
  9. 9 Danger (4:31)
  10. 10 Fade Away (3:52)
  11. 11 Always Taking Aim (6:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burt Bacharach Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Flugelhorn, Keyboards, Vocals, fender rhodes, oberheim
Elvis Costello Vocals
John Pagano Vocals
Charlie Bisharat Violin, Concert Master
Mari Tsumura Concert Master
Mark Cargill Concert Master
Daniel Chase Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Jim Cox Piano, Keyboards
Joel Derouin Violin, Concert Master
Earl Dumler Oboe
Michael Fisher Percussion
Ronald Folsom Concert Master
Armen Garabedian Concert Master
Berj Garabedian Concert Master
Grant Geissman Guitar
Terry Glenny Concert Master
Gary Grant Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Daniel Greco Percussion
Dan Higgins Clarinet, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Josie James Vocals
Peter Kent Concert Master
Gina Kronstadt Concert Master
Warren Luening Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Don Palmer Concert Master
Ted Perlman Synthesizer, Bass
Barbara Porter Concert Master
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Rob Shrock Synthesizer
Neil Stubenhaus Electric Bass
Sally Stevens Vocals
Donna Taylor Vocals
Evan Wilson Viola
Margaret Wooten Concert Master
Shari Zippert Concert Master
Susan Chatman Concert Master
Rufus Wainwright Vocals
Printz Board Drum Loop
Cameron Patrick Concert Master
Denaun Porter Loops, Drum Loop
Billy Childs Trio Wurlitzer
Terry Christiansen Double Bass
John Daversa Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Michele Richards Concert Master
Mario de León Concert Master
Technical Credits
Burt Bacharach Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tonio K. Composer
Chris Botti Composer
Denyse Buffum Principal
Daniel Chase Digital Editing
Jerry Epstein Principal
Andrew Hale Executive Producer
Miguel Martinez Principal
Dave O'Donnell Engineer
Mike Pela Engineer
Ted Perlman Programming
Jimbo Ross Principal
Allen Sides Engineer
Robert Stringer Executive Producer
Karen Elaine Bakunin Principal
Suzie Katayama Principal
Mike Elizondo Bass Programming
Olaf Heine Cover Photo
Jeff Burns Engineer
Darrin McCann Principal
Greg Burns Engineer
Printz Board Composer
Denaun Porter Composer, Bass Programming
Dmitri Kourka Principal
Andrew Duckles Principal
Dan Tobin Smith Principal
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